Octave of Easter
Novena to Divine Mercy: Today, bring to Me those who do not believe in God and those who do not yet know Me.
Mt 28:8-15 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary... Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, EMBRACED His feet, and did Him HOMAGE. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell My brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”
While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had happened. The chief priests assembled with the elders and took counsel; then they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole Him while we were asleep.’ And if this gets to the ears of the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” The soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has circulated among the Jews to the present day.
Meditate on the contrast: the Women "EMBRACED His feet, and did Him HOMAGE", and the Jewish religious leaders conspired with the Romans. They agreed to protect the men who were oppressing them. The effect of their sin continues to this day: "And this story has circulated among the Jews to the present day."
As Catholics we do not celebrate Easter for only a day, we celebrate for a Season, and at every mass. Let us do the same with Lent. Let us EMBRACE the gifts God has presented us through our prayer, our fasting, our penance, our Confession and our Adoration and let us continually do Him HOMAGE through our prayer, our fasting, our penance, our Confession and our Adoration, until the day we are called Home. The greatest gift of Easter is Our Lord's triumph over death. Let us EMBRACE Him and do Him HOMAGE, and strive to meet Him face to face, in the Heavenly Kingdom.
Jesus Christ is Risen, ALLELUIA!